Seven Florida Realtors Killed in Ohio Plane Crash
A tragic plane crash in Akron, Ohio recently left seven realtors from the same firm in Daytona Beach and two pilots dead at the scene. According to the Washington Post, the plane flying across the state of Ohio dropped to a low altitude and then banked a sharp left, which caused its wing to hit the ground before the plane crashed into a house. The fire from the wreckage caused eight homes to be evacuated.
Prior to taking off, the pilot of the doomed twin engine charter jet was warned by another pilot of low visibility but decided to fly anyways. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident, but has not yet found a definitive explanation for the tragedy. Reasons for the crash may include weather and mechanical failure. The NTSB is currently inspecting the recovered plane parts to determine if there were any structural problems with the jet and analyzing a 30-minute audio recording from the cockpit.
Who Could be Liable for Aviation Accidents
If you were injured or lost a family member in a plane crash there can be many liable parties for the damages you suffered. It all depends on the cause of the crash.
For pilot errors, such as reckless flying or other negligent behavior piloting the aircraft, the pilot or the pilot’s employer can be held responsible. A large company is expected to ensure that all its pilots are skilled and experienced, and proving they did not take those precautions could hold them liable for any accidents. Many accidents are caused by mistakes by air traffic controllers who can certainly be held liable for their negligent behavior on the job.
With mechanical errors, the manufacturer or designer of the plane or specific plane part could be found liable for your injuries. Especially if these parties were aware of any notion of a design flaw, the damages awarded can be enormous, especially from major manufacturers. The owner of the plane could also be held liable if there was a product recall of a part used in the plane that the owner ignored or was not aware of.
Damages Awarded to Plane Crash Victims
You can be awarded various types of damages as a result of personal injury and wrongful death suits filed after a plane crash. You can receive compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of wages, psychological distress, disfigurement or even loss of enjoyment of life.
In the event of a wrongful death suit, a victim’s family members can sue for funeral expenses, loss of expected wages, and loss of companionship and support.
Contact an Experienced Aviation Accident Lawyer Today
If you have questions regarding your legal recourses after a plane crash let the experienced Florida lawyers at The Pendas Law Firm help today. Call the office or contact us for a free and confidential consultation of your case.